RE Verse reading–Matthew 8:18-22 (day two) “When Jesus saw the crowd around Him, He gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake” (vs 18) It was a moment of transition. Transitions are hard, inconvenient. Jesus and the disciples needed to leave Capernaum. Were the crowds becoming too volatile? Perhaps the decision surprised or disappointed the disciples. Perhaps it was something that the Lord Himself had only realized recently. It was not, however, a new principle. Serving God requires sacrifice. There are things (good things, comforting things) that we will do without for the sake of the kingdom. It was made clear when an eager scribe volunteered himself for service. “There will be difficulties ahead”, says the Lord. “I do not offer security as the world measures it” Those who want God must “count the cost” in advance or be terribly disappointed along the way. Did anyone warn you before you became a follower of Christ? I hope so.